TAMPA, Fla. – Jhonas Enroth made 43 saves to spoil the return of Tampa Bay star Steven Stamkos and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Lightning 3-1 on Thursday night.
Stamkos had been sidelined since breaking his right shin Nov. 11 at Boston, causing him to miss 45 games. The centre received a partial standing ovation during pregame introductions, when it was announced that he is the new team captain.
Right wing Ryan Callahan, acquired Wednesday from the New York Rangers for former Tampa Bay captain Martin St. Louis, made his Lightning debut.
Tyler Myers, Marcus Foligno and Cody Hodgson scored for the Sabres. Enroth stopped a combined seven shots by Stamkos (three) and Callahan (four) through two periods.
KINGS 3, JETS 1
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP)—Mike Richards scored the go-ahead goal on a giveaway by the Winnipeg Jets to lift the Los Angeles Kings to their sixth straight victory.
Dustin Brown scored Los Angeles’ first goal and Alec Martinez added a third-period power-play goal. Jonathan Quick made 17 saves for the Kings (36-22-6).
Olli Jokinen had his 15th goal for Winnipeg (30-27-7) and Ondrej Pavelec stopped 38 shots.
Jets defenceman Tobias Enstrom was at the boards by the Kings’ bench and made a pass across the ice that was supposed to be for Jokinen, but Richards intercepted it halfway, crossed the blue line and then fired a shot by Pavelec at 16:15 of the second period.
COYOTES 5, CANADIENS 2
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP)—Radim Vrbata scored two goals and the Phoenix Coyotes bounced back from a shaky second period to beat Montreal, their first win over the Canadiens since 1998.
The Coyotes wanted to jump on Montreal early after the Canadiens won a six-round shootout against the NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks the night before and did just that, scoring three goals in the first period.
The Canadiens fought back, though, holding the Coyotes to one shot in the second period while setting up Alex Galchenyuk’s goal on a two-man advantage.
Vrbata made it a two-goal lead in the third period and Shane Doan scored less than 2 minutes later to put it out of reach, giving Phoenix its first winning streak since Jan. 16-18. It was the team’s first win over Montreal since Dec. 9, 1998, in Arizona.
Andrei Markov had a goal and an assist, and P.K. Subban had a pair of assists for Montreal.
BRUINS 3, CAPITALS 0
BOSTON (AP)—Tuukka Rask got the first win of his career against Washington, Gregory Campbell and Loui Eriksson scored second-period goals and the Boston Bruins beat the Capitals 3-0.
Rask’s sixth shutout of the season and 22nd of his career came just five days after the Capitals beat him 4-2, also in Boston. But since then Washington is 0-3 and Boston is 3-0.
Rask was 0-3-3 against the Capitals, but was rarely challenged Thursday when his teammates’ tight checking limited Washington’s opportunities. Capitals goalie Braden Holtby suffered his first loss against the Bruins after winning the first four matchups of his career.
Boston finished the scoring on Brad Marchand’s empty-net goal with 1:34 left.
AVALANCHE 3, RED WINGS 2, OT
DETROIT (AP)—Andre Benoit scored off an assist from rookie Nathan MacKinnon with 31.4 seconds left in overtime, lifting the Colorado Avalanche over the Detroit Red Wings.
MacKinnon has a point in 13 straight games, breaking Wayne Gretzky’s record for an 18-year-old NHL player.
Colorado’s P.A. Parenteau made it a 2-all game 5:49 into the third period.
Detroit took leads on Niklas Kronwall’s goal midway through the first period and Tomas Jurco’s score with 7:50 left in the second.
Matt Duchene tied it at 1 midway through the second period.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 35 saves for the Avalanche, who have won four straight. Jimmy Howard stopped 22 shots for the Red Wings, who retired Nicklas Lidstrom’s No. 5 jersey before the game.
BLACKHAWKS 6, BLUE JACKETS 1
CHICAGO (AP)—Andrew Shaw and Jonathan Toews had two goals apiece, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Brandon Bollig and Bryan Bickell also scored as Chicago bounced back from a 4-2 home loss to Colorado on Tuesday night. Corey Crawford made 22 saves for his 10th consecutive victory against Columbus.
Ryan Johansen scored his 25th goal for the Blue Jackets, who had won three in a row. Sergei Bobrovsky made 14 stops before he was pulled during the Blackhawks’ three-goal second period.
BLUES 2, PREDATORS 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Ian Cole had a goal and an assist to lead the St. Louis Blues to their third straight win.
Magnus Paajarvi had the other goal for the Blues, who have won all four of their games against Nashville this season.
Ryan Miller stopped 20 shots to win his third game in as many starts since being acquired from the Buffalo Sabres on Friday. Nick Spaling scored for the Predators, losers of six of seven.
STARS 6, CANUCKS 1
DALLAS (AP)—Tyler Seguin had three goals and two assists to lead the Dallas Stars to a 6-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
Jamie Benn, Alex Goligoski and Ryan Garbutt also scored for Dallas, which built a 5-0 lead. Kari Lehtonen made 31 saves, and Benn and Rich Peverley each had two assists.
Seguin scored twice in the first period, and completed his hat trick at 12:53 of the third. His third three-goal game this season tied Bill Guerin and Mike Modano for the Stars record.
Vancouver’s Zac Dalpe scored at 18:15 of the second period.
OILERS 3, ISLANDERS 2, OT
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP)—Taylor Hall scored the overtime winner and the Edmonton Oilers rebounded from a listless start to earn a come-from-behind victory over the New York Islanders.
The Oilers got the win after trailing 2-0 after the second period.
Sam Gagner stole a puck in the neutral zone and went around defender Brian Strait before sending it on net, where Hall was able to slip it past Evgeni Nabokov 2:29 into overtime.
Ryan Smyth and Philip Larsen also scored for the Oilers, who have won two games in a row and are 7-2-2 in their past 11 games.
Frans Nielsen and Anders Lee scored for the Islanders, who have lost 10 of their past 13 games. The Islanders have also lost 10 games this season in which they led heading into the third period.
SHARKS 5, PENGUINS 3
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)—Joe Thornton scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:39 left in regulation to help the San Jose Sharks overcome a two-goal deficit to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Justin Braun started the comeback with a goal late in the second and Patrick Marleau and Brent Burns scored tying goals earlier in the third for the Sharks, who have 10 wins and one tie in their last 11 home games against Pittsburgh. Burns added an empty-net goal and Antti Niemi made 19 saves for San Jose.
Olli Maatta scored two goals and Chris Kunitz also scored for the Penguins, who last won at the Shark Tank on Oct. 22, 1997. Jeff Zatkoff made 42 saves in his first appearance since beating Los Angeles on Jan. 30.